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Little ‘Grads’ get together, give big thanks

Former intensive care patients reunited at Sutter Roseville Medical Center’s neonatal unit
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Although he’s a bit young, 8-month-old Cooper Bianchini recently celebrated his first graduation. Cooper and his parents, Amy and Jeff Bianchini of Roseville, attended the first-year reunion on Saturday, Oct. 10, to celebrate his graduation from the Sutter Roseville Medical Center neonatal intensive care unit. Like most first-born babies, Cooper did not arrive on time. In fact, he was born a little earlier than expected on Feb. 6 at Sutter Roseville Medical Center. Since Cooper was born seven weeks premature, he spent 17 days in the NICU dealing with heart issues. From there, little Cooper visited other NICUs due to a collapsed lung, bronchitis, pneumonia and a blood transfusion. Despite the Bianchinis’ travels, the Sutter Roseville NICU has stayed close to their hearts. “I just felt so comfortable there. They were the ones that really taught me everything that he needed,” Amy Bianchini said of the Sutter Roseville NICU. “I’ve had them even call me at home on their own time. They just really bonded with us.” The Sutter Roseville NICU includes four private rooms and roomy bassinet stations in semi-private rooms allowing enough space for the nurses, doctors and parents to all be involved in the babies round-the-clock care. “I have no complaints at all. The nurses and doctors put me at ease and really educated me a lot on babies and their development – especially of a preemie,” said Bianchini. “I have nothing but good things to say about the NICU.” The Bianchinis attended the reunion, which is planned to be an annual event, with about 150 other families. “I’ve looked forward to this all year,” said Deanie Honsinger, R.N., the director of the Sutter Roseville Medical Center NICU. “It’s fun to see how well all of the babies have done since they left us, and it’s really neat to see the families that were in the hospital at the same time connecting again.” The NICU at Sutter Roseville, which opened in September 2008, is an extension of the NICU at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. It is a level III unit, meaning that the sickest of newborns can be cared for with the latest technology available. The NICU is connected to the hospital’s Family Birthing Center, which has received a five-star rating from the national consumer group, HealthGrades, for two years in a row and is the only hospital in the Sacramento region ranked in the top 10 percent nationally. For more information on Sutter Roseville Medical Center, visit www.sutterroseville.org. Sutter Roseville is located at One Medical Plaza Drive, Roseville or call 781-1000. ~ Staff report